VE Day

VE Day 75th Anniversary - 8th May 2020
 

On Friday 8th May 2020 Britain will be commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day when the guns fell silent at the end of war in Europe. Due to the coronavirus restrictions most VE Day 75 events and street parties have had to be cancelled or postponed but we still want you to be able to mark the occasion, share your pride in our country and honour the men and women of WW2.

The Royal British Legion is calling on people across the UK to join in a moment of reflection and Remembrance at 11am on Friday 8th May and pause for a two minute silence.

 

 VE Day Stay At Home Street Party

The idea behind a VE Day Stay At Home Street Party is that people can still celebrate the day with their neighbours whilst observing social distancing and staying at home.  We encourage you to decorate the outside of their homes in red, white and blue, bunting and flags to mark the occasion, so that whole streets are adorned in the nation’s colours.

You can make your own special VE Day 75 ‘Great British Bunting’ to display in your window at home. You can decorate your bunting with pictures of whatever inspires you, whether it’s those who fought on the frontline or worked hard on the Homefront, or whether it’s a celebration of enduring peace or your own personal hero.
 
You could also make some street party food to enjoy a picnic at home - think mini sandwiches, scones, cakes and a cup of tea!
 
We are also encouraging all to undertake the ‘Nation’s Toast to the Heroes of WW2’ at 3pm on the 8th May, from the safety of your own home by standing up and raising a glass to undertake a toast. We can use this unique opportunity to pay tribute to the many millions at home and abroad that gave so much to ensure we all enjoy and share the freedom we have today.
 
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What role did your locality play during the war?

Below are links to packs for children to recognise and understand the importance of this event. It provides an overview of the war itself with an emphasis on the home front. It provides opportunities for children to learn more about the role of the local area in the war by taking their daily exercise down to the local memorial if appropriate and safe.

In addition, suggestions are given to how this significant event can be marked using activities from across the curriculum. 

The findings of the historical enquiry can be presented in whichever way suits your child best - be that using PowerPoint, a non-chronological report or drawing.